If you're on the hunt for a new job, the first thing you think to do might be to spruce up your LinkedIn page. While that's always a good idea, a new study from the job search website Simply Hired suggests that there's somewhere else you should tidy up first: Instagram.
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Instagram is like that friend that tells you they'll be at the party and then they sort of just rock up late in the night unnoticed, while everyone is already off having their fun. Wanting to get in on the portrait mode phenomenon, they've just released a background-blurring mode they call Focus.
Here's how to get Instagram's new 'Focus' Feature.
Whether you love them or hate them, there is no getting away from so-called 'influencers'. These shiny, happy millennials are the hottest trend in advertising since the advent of television. This infographic charts the meteoric rise of this glitziest of professions - from Fatty Arbuckle to Michelle Phan.
Algorithmic feeds, how I loathe thee. I hate Twitter's, minor as it is. I hate Facebook's, because I just want a simple chronological News Feed. And I hate Instagram's, because its Explore tab can fill up with all sorts of weird shit that the service thinks I should like. There's not that much you can to do get a handle on the ever-unruly Explore, but you have a few options.
Every time I go on holiday, I'm surrounded by people taking phone pics. But I only recently realised that this holiday annoyance could be useful: Before you book a hotel, campground, restaurant table or museum tickets, look up the place on Instagram. Not the place's official account, but all the photos taken at that location. (Just run a search within Instagram and click the result with the map pin icon.)
Earlier this week Ji Lee, a Communication Designer at Facebook, set up an Instagram account that serves as a free art portfolio. It's pretty brilliant and with his blessing, we've outlined how to do the same -- even if you're a moderate Instagram user, it's an easy, accessible, organisational hack to make your talent known.
Every November, NaNoWriMo challenges writers and would-be writers to knock out a novel over the course of the month. It's a challenge I've tried at least half a dozen times and completed once. Despite my limited success rate, I always try again the next year, because frankly, it's a pretty fun exercise, even if I don't always manage to finish.
You may have been hearing rumblings about a 'new' social media app that's looking to disrupt the current State of Social Media. It's been gaining more and more traction on other social media platforms over the past couple of days, even though it's been around for quite some time now. It aims to be ad-free and algorithm-averse.
But what is Vero and why should you care?
To the dismay of screenshot enthusiasts everywhere, Instagram is rolling out a new feature that alerts creators when someone decides to immortalise their temporary Instagram Stories using a screenshot. (A similar feature already exists to alert users to screenshots taken on Snapchat.) There are a few workarounds you can try to avoid alerting people that you're snapping pics of their stories to send to friends and make fun of, though if you want to be completely safe you should probably just stop screencapping (or using Instagram) in general instead of looking for ways to be a recordkeeper of temporary content. Why give anyone the chance to call you a creeper?
Last year Instagram introduced Collections, a way to organise your pictures within the app into different curated groups. It's a feature that's been around for roughly a year now, but it's one that most people don't realise is even there.
A feature that identifies who screenshots your public posts is not a bad feature, unless you learn about it the hard way - trying to creep surreptitiously. And it appears that Instagram is now quietly testing such a feature within Instagram Stories, the Snapchat-like service that lets users create a sequence of photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.
Hootsuite is a popular social media management tool but it has suffered from one frustrating feature, at least for me. While it's allowed you to create Instagram posts, it hasn't been able to schedule and automatically publish them. Changes in the Instagram Graph mean it is now possible to schedule Instagram posts so they are automatically published.
Android/iOS: Your favourite social network for pretending you have a perfect life is now ready to let everyone know when you're online and lurking. Instagram is adding an activity status indicator to the people in your Direct Messages list, letting you know when they're on and ignoring that last funny video you sent. If you're of the same opinion as me, you're probably wondering how to disable this terrible new feature. Good news, lurkers: You can!
Near the end of 2017, something weird started to happen. Snapchat's iPhone app kept logging me out of my account. The first few times, I promptly logged back in, but after the fourth or fifth time I didn't bother. I was already getting bored with Snapchat and I soon found that Instagram's copycat Stories feature was just as good -- if not better.
Instagram has rolled out a feature in its iOS and Android app that allows you to save your Instagram stories.